Alley 41 – Part 1

Instagram Post 2/17/2018

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With Chinese New Year just around the corner, I’m reminded that enjoying long noodles portends a long life. These Sweet and Spicy Noodles at Alley 41, 136-45 41st Ave, Flushing, are the longest and thickest I’ve ever encountered, so I gather I’m headed for a long (and chubby) lifetime! If memory serves, each was about a yard long (no hyperbole in this hyperbowl) with an awesome chew, napped with a sauce made of sheer happiness. I say that because their name, tiánshui miàn (甜水麵) taken literally character by character, means sweet water noodle, but the first two characters together can mean “happiness” and I’m sticking with that translation 😋 🍜.

It’s a Sichuan restaurant, but I’m told that these #noodles hail from Dongbei. We enjoyed about a dozen dishes and there are at least a dozen more that I need to try. (If you don’t see them on the menu, flash a photo and they’ll catch your drift.) You know that I’ll be bringing a group here soon!

More photos to come.

Note: Read the complete review here.
 
 

Fu Xiang Ju – Conch with Noodle Salad

Instagram Post 10/27/2017

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The menu at Fu Xiang Ju, 136-80 41st Ave, Flushing, Queens, lists this delicious cold dish as Conch with Noodle Salad, a very popular course at our last group dinner. I get the distinct impression that there’s gochujang, the Korean sweet and spicy red chili paste, at work here. Dongbei’s proximity to Korea and the fact that the menu is in Chinese and Korean (in addition to English) lead me to believe that I might be on the right track.
 
 

Fu Xiang Ju – Lamb Chop with Cumin Sauce

Instagram Post 10/20/2017

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Now a Dongbei classic in NYC, I never get tired of introducing people to this dish. Sometimes called Muslim Lamb Chop, this braised, battered, fried, cuminized, chilified ode to luscious lambiness never fails to get rave reviews. Fu Xiang Ju, 136-80 41st Avenue in Flushing, Queens, calls their version Lamb Chop with Cumin Sauce, but what’s in a name?